Trump Pledges Asylum Crackdown, Tent Cities; is It Legal?

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG ,  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he plans to sign an order next week that could lead to the large-scale detention of migrants crossing the southern border and bar anyone caught crossing illegally from claiming asylum — two legally dubious proposals that mark his latest election-season barrage…

Another NASA Spacecraft Runs out of Steam, 2nd this Week

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL (AP) — NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt. Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it dead Thursday, two days after delivering eulogies to the planet-hunting Kepler…

Mexican Agents Nibble at Edges of Migrant Caravans

JUCHITAN, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants resumed their slow trek through southern Mexico on Thursday, as immigration agents and police nibbled at the edges of the two caravans currently in the country. Mexican authorities haven’t directly targeted the main caravan of about 4,000 migrants, and activists aiding that group said they were…

Google Employees Walk Out to Protest Treatment of Women

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP) — Carrying signs with messages such as “Don’t be evil,” Google employees around the world walked off the job Thursday in a protest against what they said is the tech company’s mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations against executives. Employees staged walkouts at offices from Tokyo to Singapore to London. Hundreds protested…

Report: Midwest Economy Expands Despite Tariff Concerns

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy expanded in nine Midwestern and Plains states last month despite mounting concerns about tariffs and trade skirmishes, according to a report released Thursday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index slumped to 54.9 in October, from 57.5 in September , the report said. The October reading was the lowest since January 2017, but…